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NDC commends EFCC, seeks more collaboration between the two agencies

Owolola Adebola

The National Defence College, (NDC) has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)for its role in tackling corruption in Nigeria while seeking closer partnership between the institutions in the realization of their mandates.

Rear Admiral O.B Daji, Commandant NDC, stated this on Tuesday when he led a team on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the EFCC, Abuja.

Daji, a former Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Western Naval Command, acknowledged the assistance which he received from the Commission through diligent investigation and prosecution during his tour of duty in Western Command, resulting in many convictions.

Commending the Commission for what he called, consistent participation in the College’s elite course, the Commandant however urged the Commission to increase the number of its participants.

He disclosed that the NDC was designing short courses on strategic leadership, especially for middle career officers, to enhance strategic leadership, influence policy decision- making and most importantly, foster inter-agency cooperation.

The short courses, he further explained, will also cater to the needs of agencies that cannot afford to sponsor their staff for the year-long senior course.

He extended an invitation to the Executive Chairman to deliver a lecture to participants of the forthcoming senior course.

In his response, EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa expressed appreciation over the choice of EFCC as the first agency to be visited by the Commandant upon assumption of duty on March 15.

While emphasizing the exploits of the EFCC as an 18-year-old agency that has changed the course of administration of criminal justice in Nigeria, Bawa however noted that the feat could not have been achieved in isolation.

“The military has been of support.  I remember that as Zonal Head in Port Harcourt, the Nigerian Navy and the Army assisted us in arresting vessels and trucks involved in illegal oil bunkering. We thank you for that.

“We need everybody on board, this cannot be done alone, results cannot be achieved in isolation; there is need for networking in terms of information and knowledge sharing,” he said.

Bawa also requested the assistance of the NDC Commandant, to speed up the process of having suspects and exhibits in oil theft cases transferred to the Commission by arresting authorities. This, he said, will quicken the process of prosecution.

He equally appealed to the NDC boss to see the possibility of increasing the number of slots allocated to the Commission in the NDC Course to enable more officers to benefit.

“Having one participant at a time is not enough. Let me use this opportunity to ask for at least four slots each year,” he said.

Bawa concluded by seeking collaboration between the NDC and the EFCC Academy in the design of courses and training programmes that would be beneficial to the two institutions.

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IGP grieves over assault on policewoman

Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola

 

— orders prosecution of culprits
 Owolola Adebola

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large.

Zainab Duke, a Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

The IGP also directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.

The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.

It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low as to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection.

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Customs collects N1.7trn  revenue in 8 months

CGC, Ali

 

–embarks on aggressive revenue hunts to meet target

The Eyewitness reporter

The Nigeria Customs Service has collected a whooping sum of  N1,755,386,486,390.02  as revenue in the first eight months of the year spanning January and August.

The service made the highest monthly earnings of N241,903,781,854.46 in August as the service intensifies its aggressive revenue drive to meet the expectations of the Federal Government which has come to rely on the revenue from the service to fund its critical project.

This follows the diversification of government to non-oil sectors and expands its tax base due to the dwindling revenue from the oil sector.
The revenue in the first eight months of 2022 is N363,436,321,614.95 higher than N1,391,950,164,775.97 the customs collected in the corresponding period of 2021.

Abuja has increased its focus on non-oil revenue sources, prompting higher expectations from revenue collection agencies such as the NCS, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), among others.

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Jamoh wears OFR diadem as Buhari confers national honour on NIMASA DG

 

The Eyewitness reporter 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has expressed deep appreciation to President Mohammed Buhari for being conferred with one of the highest national honours in Nigeria, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The Office of the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has conveyed this good news to Dr Jamoh in a letter of Award which has slated the investiture ceremony for the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja on Monday, 10th October 2022.

Recall that Dr. Jamoh had served the Nigerian maritime sector as an administrator for over 30 years when he was appointed by President Buhari as the NIMASA DG in March 2020.

Since that time, he has overseen the successful deployment of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project which has played a major role in achieving a reduction of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea to its barest minimum since 1994 and culminating in Nigeria being removed from the infamous piracy red list by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB.

A hallmark of his tenure at the helm of NIMASA has been his institutionalization of collaboration among stakeholders, within and outside the country, to achieve significant milestones in the sector.

One notable example of this is his initiation of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum/ Shared Awareness and De-confliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE), which has demonstrated the positive outcomes of information sharing among regional and non-regional military forces in achieving a secure maritime space.

Reacting to the news on his social media handle, Dr Jamoh expressed gratitude for being considered for the honour stating:

“Words cannot express how humbled I feel to be so considered for the National Honour as an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

“When I began my maritime journey 30 years ago, little did I know that Almighty Allah would so favour me to rise to the position of NIMASA DG, let alone to be considered for one of the highest honours in the land”.

Dr Jamoh especially thanked His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Standing Committee on National Honours Award for deeming him worthy of the honour while also appreciating everyone who had supported him throughout his tenure as NIMASA Director General, especially the maritime stakeholders.

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